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Italy has done everything to stop a second wave of coronavirus, so what is wrong?

ROME – If you turn on the news in Italy right now, you could be forgiven for thinking you are receiving reruns from last March. Photos of COVID-only units, field hospitals under construction, exhausted medics and coffins are making headlines once again as Italy tackles a deadly second wave of COVID-19. On Wednesday, the death toll surpassed 125 in 24 hours for the first time since May, when that country was still under a draconian lockdown and seen as a harbinger of what was to come.

What’s particularly troubling about the return of COVID to Italy is that the country has done everything experts like Dr Anthony Fauci have advised. Masks in public places have been mandatory for months, social distancing is heavily enforced, nightclubs have never reopened and sports arenas are at less than a third of capacity. Children who are back in school are regularly tested and strictly socially distanced, and yet the second wave seems totally unstoppable.

While ruling out another full lockdown, Italian health officials are instead urging people to limit their own movement, even as concern grows that by urging people not to leave their homes, they are inadvertently encouraging them. private parties where the spread appears to be the worst. for the time being. Italy’s health ministry released data this week showing that 80.3% of new infections “occur at home,” while only 4.2% come from recreational activities and schools.

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